AN I 41-50 Direction and Clarity

Paṇihitaaccha Vagga
AN I 41-50 Section on Direction and Clarity
Translated by Ānanda
Jan. 2020

41
[Not Well Directed]
Monks,
Just as if a grain of rice or barley
which was not well directed, 1
would be stepped on by a hand or a foot;
That this grain of rice or barley would
break through the skin
and produce bleeding;
That is impossible.2
Why?
Because that grain is not well directed.
It is the same monks,
for a person whose mind is not well directed;
That their mind could
1 micchāpaṇihitaṃ 2 bhecchati lohitaṃ vā uppādessatīti netaṃ ṭhānaṃ vijjati.
break through ignorance,
produce understanding;3
and experience Nibbāna;
That is impossible.4
Why is that?
Because the mind is not well directed.
42
[Well Directed]
Monks,
Just as if a grain of rice or barley
which was well directed 5
would be stepped on by a hand or a foot;
That this grain of rice or barley could
break through the skin
and produce bleeding;
That is possible.
Why is that?
Because that grain is well directed.
3 micchāpaṇihitena cittena avijjaṃ bhecchati, vijjaṃ uppādessati 4 nibbānaṃ sacchikarissatīti netaṃ ṭhānaṃ vijjati. 5 sammāpaṇihitaṃ
It is the same monks,
for a person whose mind is well directed,
that their mind could
break through ignorance,
produce understanding;
And experience Nibbāna; 6
That is possible.
Why is that?
Because the mind is well directed.
6 sammāpaṇihitena cittena avijjaṃ bhecchati, vijjaṃ uppādessati,
nibbānaṃ sacchikarissatīti ṭhānametaṃ vijjati

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